In the video below I’m handling one of my Chinese praying mantises that I hatched in my garden here in Minnesota. People always ask do praying mantis bite? Well check out the video below and you be the judge.
If you see a praying mantis in the wild and are inclined to pick it up and get a better look I say go for it. Just keep in mind that mantises are very delicate and their legs can be torn off very easily if you pull them off a branch. The best way to pick up a mantis is to hold your hand out and coax the mantis onto your hand by touching it’s back side. The mantis will walk onto your hand.
If your nervous about handling an adult praying mantis you may want to start with a mantis nymph like the photo above. The nymphs are so cute and look identical to the adults except smaller.
I think the praying mantis is feared because it’s size and alien like looks. What is the worst thing that is going to happen if you did get bit? Feel a little pinch is about it. So the next time you see a praying mantis in your garden, pick it up and take a selfie to show your friends that praying mantis don’t bite.